Summer Secrets – Jane Green.

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Back of the book : 

June, 1998. At twenty-seven, Cat Coombs is struggling. She lives in London, works as a journalist, and parties hard. When she discovers the identity of the father she never knew she had, it sends her into a spiral.

She makes mistakes that cost her the budding friendship of the only women who have ever welcomed her. And nothing is ever the same after that.

June, 2014. Cat’s life has come full circle. She wants to make amends to those she has hurt. Her quest takes her to Nantucket, the gorgeous New England island where the women she once called family still live.

What Cat doesn’t realize is that these women, her real father’s daughters, have secrets of their own. As the past collides with the present, Cat must confront the darkest things in her own life and uncover the depths of someone’s need for revenge.

What I think : 

Cat has a problem with drink, but she doesn’t think she has. She really love’s alcohol that’s the problem. She had a bit of a troubled childhood, her Mum was more or less bed-bound and her Dad was a bully, so she discovered drink when she was just 13.

When Cat meets Jason, who’s alcoholic himself, she’s drunk, again. However he takes her home and looks after her. when she wakes up in his bed not knowing what happened the night before and how she got there, she decides it must be the last time – until the next time !

She pretends that she’s trying to get dry and pretending to go to meetings whilst all the time she’s still drinking behind his back. She really fancies him so she just tells him what he wants to hear. When her mother tells her that her father wasn’t actually her father after all, her real dad lives in America, Nantucket to be precise, she boards a plane and goes to America to meet the family she never knew she had. But, of course things don’t go well, she finds out that her dad likes to drink too and then she does something really bad whilst drunk and is send home under a cloud. Her new family don’t want to know her.

Fast forward 10 years or so and Cat has finally come to terms with her alcoholism, and she’s dry, but its cost her dearly, she’s lost her husband and only just got her child back. Her sponser tells her that she must make ‘Amends’ so Cat once more gets on a plane to America to see the family that disowned her. Will they finally forgive her …

This novel is split into three time lines, one with Cat in 1998, which tells of Cats spiral into drink, one with Cat’s mother Audrey, which tells her story of how she came to London from her home town Nantucket in America and how she met Cat’s biological father and lastly in 2014 with Cat now.

This is a hard-hitting book about how the demon drink can take hold of you and ruin your life. Jane has got this wonderful ability to take really difficult topic and spin them into one hell of a story.

I didn’t like Cat to start with, but then you see why she was like she was and is now and you warm to her. Her step-father wasn’t really very nice to her or her mother so its hardly surprising really. She does have quite a difficult life journey to take before she can ‘like’ herself.

I’ve always really liked Jane’s books and I’m really glad to say that this one has got shades of her older novels in it which made it more enjoyable for me. I would always recommend Jane’s books to everyone. This one has all the right ingredients for a fabulous novel.

i give this one 10/10.

Published on 02/07/15 by Pan Macmillian.

A really big Thank you to the Publishers Pan Macmillian and Netgalley for the digital copy of the book to read and review.

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